Critical Sound Brings Frederic Vanden Poel Music Servers To NZ

EVO PSU plus transport

Hawkes Bay hi-fi importer Critical Sound will be distributing Frederic Vanden Poel’s full range of stunning music servers in New Zealand.

Evo 432

Priced between a mere $1900 and $19,750 for its 432 Evo Master, the Belgian music servers are the result of intence research.

Klinkt-Beter (Sounds Better) founder and designer Frederic Vanden Poel first became intrigued by 432Hz (pitch) tuning in 2010 – after hearing albums DJ Tiësto was producing utilising 432. The history of tuning goes back over 250 years and has changed over the centuries from as low as 400 to 450Hz. Today, it still varies for orchestras around the world but in modern times 440Hz has become the established tuning standard, providing a measure by which musicians can ensure their instruments will be in tune with others.

Starting initially with plug-in 432 software, over the last 4-plus years fully integrated products have been in continual development – culminating in the latest Flagship 432 EVO Master. The remaining range (including upgrade accessories) is currently being updated.

EVO PSU plus transport

Here’s the guff on the landmark, Roon-compatible 432 EVO Master – Roon-compatible Digital Transport:

“First, we improved the triple linear power supply drastically: custom double side gold plated PCBs, better shunt circuits, higher buffer capacity, better shielded transformers, improved internal and external silver plated cabling. We also improved the three bundled DC cables with better internal cabling & insulation and high-end sleeves. The new 432 EVO MASTER is the first Music Server with its own Power Supply in a dedicated matching enclosure. It can rip your CDs (Bitperfect Teac based with speed regulated to reduce noise), play existing files up to 32bit/768kHz PCM, DSD64 and DSD128. The 432 EVO supports HDMI Audio up to 192kHz and USB2.

A linear power supply, RAM playback and spring suspension system for HDD are also available. A dedicated USB3 low noise low jitter output plus 2TB silent storage for up to 6000 CDs – extendable with an external NAS. For software, the 432 EVO now has new improved 432Hz renderer/upsampler – named SQi (Sound Quality improved). It offers 10 filters including time domain mode, Archimago intermediate phase filters with two custom variants designed by 432 EVO. SQi is a free software update for all current 432 EVO customers. There is also a new Roon 1.5 compatible motherboard with ‘improved clock source’. Roon 1.5 now offers MQA as a free update for 1.4 customers.”


Dedicated Servers with rip facility come in at various price points to suit budgets. An all-in-one Dac/Server is also available in the form of the EVO ESSENCE.

The 432 EVO’s can be controlled by both Apple and Android devices and via any web browser.

Steel has been penning his pungent prose for 40 years for publications too numerous to mention, most of them consigned to the annals of history. He is Witchdoctor's Editor-In-Chief/Music and Film Editor. He has strong opinions and remains unrepentant. Steel's full bio can be found here

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